Six area boys reach regional semis

May 16, 2004

BEREA - Doubles teams from Harrodsburg and Danville and singles players from Garrard County and Danville reached the semifinals of the boys 9th Region Tournament Saturday.

Robbie Merriman and Travis White of Harrodsburg and Casey Maupin and Chris Bright of Danville will play in separate semifinals matches when play resumes at 1:30 p.m. today at the Berea College courts.

In the singles draw, Phillip Arndt of Garrard and Jeff Ricker of Danville will also be in separate matches.

As one of two teams with two semifinal entries, Danville is also in the thick of the hunt for the team title. Danville, Model and Russell County finished the quarterfinals in a three-way tie in the team standings with 12 points each. Teams get one point for every win by their players.

Merriman and White, the No. 7 seeds in the doubles bracket, will play the top-seeded team from Russell County.

The Harrodsburg duo advanced with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 quarterfinal win over the third-seeded team from Madison Central. But Harrodsburg coach Duane Dunagan said he didn't consider their win an upset.


"I thought they were just as good or better than that team," Dunagan said. "They went in with a real good mindset and had a good game plan.

"When it came down to a crucial point in the match, they beared down and made the big points they needed to win."

Maupin and Bright, seeded eighth, toppled the second-seeded team from Somerset to reach the semis. They'll play the fourth-seeded entry from Model today.

In the singles bracket, second-seeded Arndt will play fifth-seeded Jerome Lewis of Berea after knocking off No. 7 Sam Pollom of Danville.

Ricker, who is seeded ninth, had to beat the No. 3 and No. 8 seeds to reach the semifinals, where he will play top-seeded Jeff Rutherford of Model.

In addition to Pollom, other area players who made it to the quarterfinal round were sixth-seeded Will Stevens of Garrard, who lost to Rutherford, and eighth-seeded Justin Martin of Casey, who lost to Ricker.

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